Mold can be extremely damaging to your health and home. The fact is, that about 70% of homes and businesses in the US contain a certain level of mold, along with 18% of school buildings and 26% of hospitals. Mold can not only make you sick and is potentially destructive to your house, but it also causes an unsightly and foul-smelling mess.
According to a study conducted by the National Association of Realtors, the average cost of mold remediation ranges from $2,500 to $6,000. Whether it is a cold, damp winter or a warm, humid summer, weather plays a significant role in the increase of moisture indoors and the resulting appearance of mold in the house.
What is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in damp and humid environments. It can grow on various surfaces from walls and ceilings to carpets and furniture. While some forms of mold are harmless, others produce mycotoxins that can be harmful when inhaled or if in contact with skin.
Health Effects of Mold Exposure:
Mold exposure can lead to a range of health issues, especially for individuals with respiratory conditions, allergies, or compromised immune systems. About 40% of asthma episodes are triggered by the household presence of mold, dust mites, or rats. Prolonged exposure may contribute to more severe respiratory problems and exacerbate existing health conditions.
JP McHale Expert Mold Prevention Tips
●Control Humidity Levels: Use dehumidifiers to maintain indoor humidity levels below 60%. Ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and other moisture-prone areas.
●Promptly Address Leaks: Repair any leaks in the roof, walls, or plumbing to prevent water infiltration. Regularly inspect your home for signs of water damage, such as discoloration or staining.
●Improve Ventilation: Increase airflow by using exhaust fans and opening windows when cooking or showering. Ensure that your attic and crawl spaces are adequately ventilated.
●Proper Insulation: Insulate your home to prevent condensation on cold surfaces, which can promote mold growth. Ensure proper insulation in basements and attics to regulate temperature and humidity.
●Regular Cleaning: Clean and maintain gutters to prevent water from accumulating near your home's foundation. Regularly clean and vacuum your home, especially in areas prone to moisture.
Our Clima Sensor System alerts to conditions conducive to the growth of damp and moist environments in your home by alerting our SMART technicians to an increase in humidity levels, specifically pinpointing the areas where humidity levels have risen. CLIMA Sensors protect your home and family from pests seeking moist and damp areas to breed in. This helps to alert of any infestations by addressing issues before the pests do! Once installed, we will receive daily updates on the humidity levels in your home.